Laser grips. Yay, or Nay?

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    I believe nite sites and practice,one thing a laser site might be good for is intimidation,BG sees laser dot on chest ,he gives up before being shot
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I believe nite sites and practice,one thing a laser site might be good for is intimidation,BG sees laser dot on chest ,he gives up before being shot
    Why would the bad guy be looking down at his chest? Don't you think he's going to be just as tuned into his target as you are yours? If oyur pistol is out, there is no time to wait and see if the BG is going to get scared or not.
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    For the most part, it seems if you are using your pistol and laser for intimidaation, you should not have it out.
    I agree, there might be times, but my mind set is if I draw, I intend to fire. Then next might be the decision to hold fire.
    Intimidation might be far down the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin7 View Post
    I have a SA XD sub-compact. I was thinking of having a laser grip put on the gun. Has anyone tried the laser grips? If so, did it change your ability to conceal the weapon? How well do they work? Etc.
    Everybody seems to have an opinion here on this issue as I do. As I have stated before as a shooter with 35 years of experience with handguns, the vast majority without ever utilizing a laser on a handgun, I now have laser grips on two of my handguns. I think they are an excellent tool if you practice with them. They are not a substitute for training, practice and sight picture/good basic handgun skills but they do give you an added advantage in many situations and sometimes that’s all you will need if you want to be the last man standing after a violent confrontation. Before, I was like many who think lasers are just an unneeded do-dad, but they do work and as stated give you an advantage in low light conditions or if you are engaging a threat in an odd or unconventional shooting position where you cannot use the guns sights. Statistics show that most shootings occur within 10 feet or less, and at these close distances you will likely point shoot anyway and a laser helps with this quick reaction type shooting. But hey, everybody has an opinion, mine is based on a good deal of real world experience and training, and a background in competition shooting so take it for what its worth.
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    Nay

    I don't want to take focus off my front sight. No gimmicks for me, just practice, practice, practice.

    I think people tend to rely on these things too much and ultimately they will just end up slowing them down when their life depends on it. The quickest way is to draw, focus on your front sight until it covers the chest, and squeeze. No need to adjust your focus and fool with a lazer when your life is in danger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by golfer View Post
    ...For me it begs the question, "why would you not put both night sights and a laser on your SD pistol?" They are the most important gun you own. Equip them so they work for you in every situation possible.
    Now I have a legit excuse for another doo dad!

    ...whenever they decide to make them for my pistol!

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    When I recently put crimson trace on my 1911, I did not know what to expect. I am no marksman - I normally shoot slow 4-5 inch patterns. But when I shot with the laser sights my groups shrank to 3.5-4 inches at 30 feet and now as low as 2 inches (knocking out a hole in the target) close up - and this firing rapidly. So for me, they are a good thing. I still practice without them, but am glad I have them.
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    They are useful.
    It's nice and dreamy to think that every person in the United States that owns a handgun for home defense will go out and shoot 500 rounds at the range every week or every other week and sign up for defensive shooting instruction but the vast majority never will.

    The reality is that not every American that owns a gun is "into" guns. The majority don't collect them or trade them or covet them. The fact is that they just "own one" on the remote chance that they may need it some day.
    My personal belief is that even though they are not EXPERT hand-gunners they still do have every right to own a firearm for possible personal protection.

    It is also pretty much futile to preach that they should "save their money" & just go out and buy more practice ammo and sharpen their self defense shooting skills by going for lethal force training because they either won't or cannot.

    So that leaves us with the fact that lasers DO dramatically increase on target "hit percentages" for those types of individuals who are unwilling or unable to hone shooting skills.

    A perfect example is a woman who is an associate of mine. She is in her 80s and still extremely active in politics and doing daily hospital volunteer work plus family obligations and taking care of the general maintenance of her home...add food shopping and all of the other things that average folks normally do to fill their time and she will never practice shooting weekly or monthly.

    She is however a highly responsible adult and she did want a firearm for home protection. I went "gun shopping" with her and she decided on a S&W revolver which I fit with Crimson Trace for her.

    We went over "firearm safety basics" & I took her out twice to shoot. I gave her a pair of safety glasses and she used an extra set of my muffs.
    She did manage to keep her hits on a "Man" target with the laser and it was a great confidence booster for her.

    Can she afford to hire a 24 hour personal bodyguard? No.

    Ultimately WILL she ever be able to effectively defend herself with that firearm? I have absolutely no idea and I can't predict the future.

    Does she feel better having a firearm at home? Absolutely!

    Is she a danger to society because she is not a highly skilled marksman? Nope.

    For her a laser is the best thing that has been invented since frozen toast and I figure that at least now she has some chance at personal defense whereas prior to her handgun purchase...she had none.

    So there is no Black & White answer and you can't always just "flat out" say:..."Lasers are no good...everybody should practice more."
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    I have a SIG that I installed the LaserMax internal laser sight in. It's used primarily as my home defense weapon and, in a pinch, target acquisition is much quicker. In bright light it's all but useless and I recommend practice with and without a laser sight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post

    So there is no Black & White answer and you can't always just "flat out" say:..."Lasers are no good...everybody should practice more."
    Nobody is saying that across the board. I'm advocating calling a spade a spade. It is in fact a crutch (as your example points out) and somebody serious about their pistol craft is much better served understanding what the laser is and isnt, and if able, learning to run a pistol without the gadgets. If you are using a laser and it is improving your shooting, I'm sorry to say you need a lot more work in your pistol craft than a gadget is going to solve. Sorry if that hurts some feelings, sometimes the truth hurts. But if you're OK with or need to substitute skill with a gadget, go right ahead, thats why CT and the others are in business.

    I understand that not everyone can or will invest the time/money required to become competent shooter... but it really doesn’t take all that much. If done right, it will cost you less than the laser did.
    I will agree that a laser is best used by those who don't know what they are doing and can't/won't learn for what ever reason. I will also concede that it can be helpful to those who may have a handicap such as poor eyesight.

    Some ask why I despise the laser so much... its because they are nothing but a gimmick designed to separate you from your money. You shell out the cash, and you have no appreciable skills that you get to keep for good. It drives me nuts when people brag about their pistols, "My superduper 1911 has X, Y, Z and a Crimson Trace laser!"... thats like saying "I own one of Lance Armstrongs race bikes, and I added a set of training wheels with pink tassels. If you need training wheels and like pink tassels, that's OK I guess, but I sure wouldn’t be bragging about it.

    Now in the case of QK's friend, I'm OK with a laser. It might help old ladies.
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    While I know some citizens who have those fancy grips, I for one, will forgo them.

    For defense, practicing point and shoot and instinctive shooting is far more important

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    A big fat NAY. Invest the time money and effort into learning how to run your pistol really well and you will laugh at the idea of a laser.
    +1.

    IMO lasers are toys for the novice shooter who wants to build his confidence, but it winds up having the opposite effect and decreases marksmanship skills. They have their place with a good instructor for the diagnosis of shooter problems. Learn to drive your gun with the non laser sights of your choosing.
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    Ok so how many of your nay sayers have cats?
    I have CTC laser grips on two of my Sigs and aside from an aiming aid they make wonderful cat toys. With the slide removed (for safety) I can sit and have either one of my friendly feline idiots running in circles for hours!

    I havent taken the time to verify it at the range but this tormenting of my cats has increased my ability to precisely put the dot at increased distances in my home from unconventional positions. This is not done by painting the whole room but rather by pointing and then hitting the momentary switch to see where the beam falls. This indicates to me that my indexing of the weapon realative to my body in these odd positions may improve my accuracy in point/instinctive shooting.

    Would I want to depend on the laser in a life or death situation? No. Do I think they have their uses? Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
    Ok so how many of your nay sayers have cats?
    I have CTC laser grips on two of my Sigs and aside from an aiming aid they make wonderful cat toys. With the slide removed (for safety) I can sit and have either one of my friendly feline idiots running in circles for hours!

    I havent taken the time to verify it at the range but this tormenting of my cats has increased my ability to precisely put the dot at increased distances in my home from unconventional positions. This is not done by painting the whole room but rather by pointing and then hitting the momentary switch to see where the beam falls. This indicates to me that my indexing of the weapon realative to my body in these odd positions may improve my accuracy in point/instinctive shooting.

    Would I want to depend on the laser in a life or death situation? No. Do I think they have their uses? Yes.
    That is an excellent observation. I remember reading about a laser that went in your barrel and activated during dryfire to let you know where you hit. I imagine it's the same effect... and I am very interested... thanks, I might dig my laser out of my box'o'gunjunk for that purpose.
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    I am nearly 67 and have been shooting for over 55 years. I never had any shooting problems during the first 53 of those years without a laser. But now that I wear trifocals I can assure you that my lasergrips have helped immensely especially in dim light. Yes, a laser is useless in bright light, but most of us geezers can see better in daylight and don't need it anyway. It is during poor lighting conditions when a laser comes in handy.

    Even though I have night sights on my EDC, I can bring my gun to bear on the target much quicker with the laser. An added benefit for those of us with less than perfect vision (and reflexes) is that, if it becomes necessary, I would rather be able to keep my slow-to-adjust depth of field primarily on the BG without having to switch back and forth from the front sight.

    I would guess that those who feel that lasers are used as a crutch in order to avoid learning better shooting skills are probably much younger. It would be interesting to see if their opinion changes after 67 years of wear on THEIR eyes.
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